Federal Operation Unit Zone B, of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) says it has seized 70 vehicles and food items worth N207.9 million between May and June 2019 in Katsina State.
The NCS said the items included 2,540 bags of Rice, 729 Jerry cans of cooking oil and other assorted food items.
Alh. Mustapha Mohammed, Controller of the Kaduna Federal Operations Unit, disclosed this to Newsmen on Monday in Katsina while inspecting the seized items.
Mohammed further disclosed that officers of the service also seized 510 cartons of Spaghetti, 150 bags of 50kg Sugar and 10 bales of second hand clothing.
“Our Officers and men have made a total of 106 seizures within the month of May and June 2019.
“The officers have also confiscated “ tokunbo ’’ vehicles that were smuggled into the country without valid Papers.
“The smugglers have been concealing rice, spaghetti and other items in animal feed bags and locally made bags for storing maize, with the aim of beating our officers.
“Our officers have been uncovering all their tricks and we have been arresting them because they are saboteurs of Nigeria’s economy ” he said.
The controller emphasised NCS was always one step ahead of smugglers and their nefarious activities.
Mohammed appealed to those saddled with the responsibility of parenting and upbringing to ensure counselling at an early age so youths would grow into responsible and hardworking adults instead of looking for ways of making quick money.